Soup Special of the Day………Vegetable Soup

August 5, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Vegetable Soup. You can never have too many Vegetable Soup recipes! This one is from the CooksRecipes website. This is just one of many delicious and healthy Soup Recipes that you find at the Cooks site so check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Vegetable Soup
Hot and hearty vegetable soup with bacon and cabbage in the mix.

Recipe Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup peeled diced potato
1/2 cup sliced celery
2 strips of bacon
6 cups hot water
3 teaspoons beef base or bouillon granules
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced thyme
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 to 1 cup diced cabbage

Cooking Directions:
1 – In a large kettle, heat butter over low heat until melted. Add sliced carrots, diced onions, chopped potatoes, and sliced celery. Increase the heat to medium and add strips of bacon. Cook for 5 minutes then add hot water and beef base.
2 – Next add soy sauce, pepper, thyme, and diced tomato. Over medium heat, cook covered for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced cabbage and cook for an additional 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/vegetable_soup_recipe_2.html

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Soup Special of the Day…………VIETNAMESE PHO

July 29, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – VIETNAMESE PHO. Thin sliced Sirloin Steak, Lemongrass, Vermicelli Noodles, and Bean Sprouts are just of few of the ingredients that make up this week’ recipe. The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. At the Diabetic Magazine website you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetic News, and Diabetic Management Tips. Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

VIETNAMESE PHO
Ingredients

Soup Ingredients:
1/2 lb sirloin tip, sliced very thinly (250 g)
1-1/2 Tbsp canola oil, divided (20 mL)
1 small onion, sliced into thin rings
4 cups sodium-reduced beef stock (1 L)
2 cups water (500 mL)
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger (15 mL)
1 stalk lemongrass chopped or 3 Tbsp (45 mL) dried lemongrass
1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns (2 mL)
1 cinnamon stick
4 oz ounces rice vermicelli noodles (125 g)
2 cups bean sprouts (500 mL )

Garnish Ingredients:
1 lime, quartered
1/2 cup each fresh basil, mint and cilantro (125 mL) each
1 small jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
1 Tbsp fish sauce (15 mL)

Directions

1 – In large saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil over medium heat. Add beef and cook for about 2-3 minutes. It wonÂ’t be cooked through. Set aside.
2 – Add 1/2 Tbsp (7.5 mL) canola oil to saucepan. Add onions and cook for about 3 minutes. Add beef stock, water, ginger, lemongrass, peppercorns and cinnamon stick, simmer for about 1 hour. (Broth can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated, if preferred.)
3 – Meanwhile, place rice vermicelli in bowl and cover with very hot water. Place lid on top and allow to sit for about 3 minutes.
4 – Prepare garnish plate: Arrange limes, basil, mint, cilantro, jalapeno and small bowl of fish sauce on a plate.
5 – Add beef to stock mixture and cook to desired doneness. To serve: Divide rice vermicelli and sprouts evenly in 4 bowls. Pour hot broth-beef mixture over top. Garnish as desired from the garnish plate.
NOTES:
This recipe was inspired by Pho, a traditional Vietnamese soup. You can modify the recipe by using vegetable stock and tofu for a vegetarian version.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 4 servings. Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups (375 mL)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 270
Fat: 9 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sodium: 115 milligrams
Cholesterol: 35 milligrams
Protein: 20 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/vietnamese-pho

Soup Special of the Day – Crock-Pot™ Vegetable Soup

July 22, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Crock-Pot™ Vegetable Soup. You’ll be using; frozen mixed vegetables, Italian-style crushed tomatoes, lean stew beef, dry onion soup mix, reduced-sodium beef bouillon cubes, and water. Put everything in a Crock Pot and cook for 4 hours. It’s only 167 calories and 13 net carbs per serving! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a large selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, and Diabetes Management Tips. So check it out today or you can subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

 

Crock-Pot™ Vegetable Soup

Ingredients
2 bags (16 ounces each) frozen mixed vegetables
1 can (28 ounces) Italian-style crushed tomatoes
1 pound lean stew beef, cut into bite-size pieces
1 envelope (1 ounce) dry onion soup mix
2 cubes reduced-sodium beef bouillon
1 1/2 cups water

Directions
Place all ingredients in a Crock-Pot and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Stir once halfway through, being careful to stir and replace the lid quickly to prevent heat loss.

Yield: 10 1/2 cups. Serving size: 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 167 calories, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Protein: 20 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 328 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/crock-pot-vegetable-soup/

Light Vegetable Soup

July 22, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup | Leave a comment
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I came across a Light Vegetable Soup recipe at the CooksRecipes website (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html). I love the Cooks site, they have a an incredible selection of recipes covering all Cuisines, Tastes, and Diets. So check it out today! On to the recipe. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Light Vegetable Soup
When the onion, carrot, zucchini and even the pasta is unusually thin, this shortens the cooking time and makes this healthy soup look light and lithe too.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, washed and thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
4 cups chicken broth
2 ounces fine egg noodles
2 ounces sugar peas, trimmed

Cooking Directions:
1 – Spray a large saucepan with vegetable cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat and add onion, zucchini, carrot and thyme; sauté for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp.
2 – Stir in chicken broth, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and sugar peas. Return to a boil and cook for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.

Makes 2 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/light_vegetable_soup_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day – Fiesta Pork Soup

July 15, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a Fiesta Pork Soup. Ground Pork, Spices, Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup and Tortilla Chips are all used to help make this week’s Dish! The recipe comes from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Fiesta Pork Soup
Younger cooks can help fix this with some supervision. Or have teen cooks fix this for a quick and tasty family dinner.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground pork
1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
1 (8-ounce) jar picante sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1 (11-ounce) can condensed fiesta nacho cheese soup
1 cup small round tortilla chips
1/4 cup sour cream

Cooking Directions:
In medium saucepan, cook and stir pork until browned. Drain.
Add chicken broth, picante sauce, cumin and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cheese soup; simmer until heated through. Do not boil.
Pour into serving bowls; garnish with tortillas chips and sour cream.

Makes 5 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/fiesta_pork_soup_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day………..Sweet Potato Minestrone

June 24, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is Sweet Potato Minestrone. You find several versions of this at various sites but I’m using the one on the Diabetes Self Management website. it’s a healthier version that’s Diabetic Friendly. At the Diabetes Self Management website you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes along with Diabetic News, Tips on Diabetes Management, and more! So check it out today! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Sweet Potato Minestrone

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes
1 can (about 15 ounces) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (about 14 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
3 cups water
3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups coarsely chopped kale leaves (lightly packed)
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
1 – Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 4 minutes or until onion is softened. Stir water, sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, rosemary, salt, if desired, and pepper into saucepan. Cover and bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

2 – Add kale; cover and cook 10 minutes or until tender.

3 – Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with cheese.

Note: Choose kale in small bunches with firm leaves and a rich, deep color. Avoid bunches with limp, wilted, or discolored leaves. To remove the tough stems, make a “V-shaped” cut where the stem joins the leaf. Stack the leaves and cut them into pieces.

Yield: 4 servings. Serving size: 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 286 calories, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Protein: 13 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 189 mg, Fiber: 11 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/sweet-potato-minestrone/

Soup Special of the Day…….Cajun Gumbo

June 17, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a Gumbo, but just not any Gumbo a Cajun Gumbo! Made with Chicken Thighs, Crab Meat, Shrimp, Crawfish, Oysters, and more! Everyone leaving the table will be smiling! The recipe comes from one of my favorite recipe sites, the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, or cuisines so check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Cajun Gumbo
Gumbo combines ingredients and culinary practices of several cultures, including French, Spanish, German, West African and Choctaw. The dish is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 pounds chicken thighs
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth or water
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 dried bay leaf
1 (10-ounce) package frozen sliced okra
1 1/2 pounds crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish, lobster and/or surimi
1 (10-ounce) jar medium oysters, drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – Place chicken thighs in a single layer on a shallow baking pan and season with salt and pepper. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan and set aside to cool. Deglaze pan with a little water, scraping the bottom to remove any browned bits and pour pan juices into a fat separator and set aside. When chicken is cool enough to handle, pick meat and discard skin and bones.
3 – Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour, reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add garlic, and cook for 2 more minutes, or until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes (undrained), chicken broth, red pepper flakes, thyme and bay leaf. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened. Cover and and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, pan juices (discard fat) and okra. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in crab, oysters and parsley. Cook gently 5 to 10 minutes or until oysters begin to curl and crab is thoroughly warmed (if using shrimp, shrimp should be pink and opaque throughout). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over rice in soup bowls.

Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/cajun_gumbo_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day……….CHILLED ROASTED TOMATO SOUP

June 10, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a CHILLED ROASTED TOMATO SOUP. The dish is 126 calories and 7 net carbs! The recipe comes from the Diabetic Gourmet website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes! At the Diabetic Gourmet site besides the all the great recipes you’ll find Diabetes Management Tips and News on Diabetes, check it out today. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

 

CHILLED ROASTED TOMATO SOUP
Take on the summer heat with this cool version of tomato soup, both elegant and easy to prepare. It features plum tomatoes, which are about the shape and size of eggs and are specifically grown for making sauce. They are perfect for this soup.

Plum tomatoes are highly flavorful with a solid fleshy content because they have fewer seed compartments than other varieties of tomatoes. The Spanish explorer Cortez discovered tomatoes growing in Montezuma’s gardens and brought seeds back to Europe where they became popular, especially in Italy.

Add in some basil, which comes in over 50 varieties, and you have the beginning of a great soup. Basil is steeped in folklore. One legend, for example, is that it could cure the bite of the dragon-like creature known as a basilisk hence the name basil. This creature was supposed to have the head of a rooster, the body of a serpent and the wings of a bat. Accordingly, basil was thought to have medicinal properties when applied to the bites or stings of animals.

Another wonderful herb, with seemingly endless tales, is rosemary. The name derives from the Latin, ros, meaning dew, and marinus, meaning sea; hence, one of its common names is “dew of the sea.” The ancient Greeks burned it to drive away evil spirits and illnesses, and it was believed that a fresh twig beneath your pillow would prevent nightmares and ensure a good night’s sleep.

Balsamic vinegar adds a tangy acidity and you can add a dollop of sour cream to thicken the soup and give it a somewhat creamy quality. Chill for a fresh, clean quality and taste that is a great counterbalance to hot weather.

Yield: Makes 4 servings.
Serving size: 1-1/2 cups

Ingredients

1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 pounds plum tomatoes, halved
8 cloves garlic
2 cups low-sodium organic chicken stock (a little more stock may be added, depending on how thick you want the soup)
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2-3 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Reduced fat sour cream to garnish
4 sprigs parsley to garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1 – Rub a little oil on surface of a baking dish. Toss tomatoes and garlic cloves with remaining oil in bowl. Place tomato halves and garlic on baking dish. Roast for about 1 hour. (A little charring is tasty but don’t burn the tomatoes or garlic.)
2 – Remove from oven. Snip off garlic clove ends. Hand squeeze (be careful, they are hot!) or use the blade of a butter knife to squeeze out softened garlic from the skins into a blender or food processor.
3 – Add tomatoes to processor, scraping the bits to capture all the flavor. Add stock, basil, rosemary and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Let cool and place in refrigerator to chill. Divide among 4 bowls, garnish with a dollop of sour cream and parsley and serve.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
126 calories
6 g total fat
1 g saturated fat
11 g carbohydrate
5 g protein
4 g dietary fiber
53 mg sodium

https://diabeticgourmet.com/articles/chilled-roasted-tomato-soup/

Soup Special of the Day……….Summer Squash and Corn Stew

June 3, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a Summer Squash and Corn Stew. 2 types of Squash, Zucchini, Corn, Spices, and Herbs are some of the ingredients making up this week’s recipe. It’s from one of my favorite recipe websites, the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Summer Squash and Corn Stew
The secret ingredient to this summer squash stew is half-and-half steeped with a potent mixture of fragrant spices and fresh herbs.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 black peppercorns
6 coriander seeds
6 whole cloves
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro – divided use
1 jalapeño chile, seeded and sliced into sixths
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped mint leaves
1 cup half-and-half (light cream)
1/2 pound summer squash
1/4 pound crookneck squash
1/2 pound zucchini
2 ears corn, shucked
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tomato, seeded and chopped

Cooking Directions:
1 – Bruise peppercorns, coriander seeds and cloves with a mortar and pestle and add, along with half the cilantro, half the jalapeño, cinnamon stick and mint, to the half and half. Gradually bring to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and let steep while prepping the vegetables.
2 – Cut summer squash and crookneck squash into rounds 1/2 inch thick. Quarter zucchini lengthwise and then cut quarters into 1/2 inch chunks. Cut corn kernels off cobs. Combine all in a large bowl and set aside.
3 – Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and when hot, but not smoking, add onion. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add reserved vegetables, remaining jalapeño and salt. Continue to sauté for 5 more minutes. Pour the half-and-half directly into pan through a strainer and add tomato. Simmer for several minutes, until sauce has reduced a little and squash are tender. Garnish with remaining cilantro and serve.
Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/summer_squash_and_corn_stew_recipe.html

Soup Special of the Day……….Easy Corn Chowder

May 27, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is Easy Corn Chowder. Bacon, Cream Style Corn, Milk, Diced Hash Brown Potatoes, and Green Onions make up this delicious Chowder! It’s from one of my favorite Recipe Sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks website has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes and cuisines. Check it out today! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Easy Corn Chowder
Cream-style corn and frozen diced hash browns put the ‘easy’ in this hearty corn chowder.

Recipe Ingredients:
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
2 (17-ounce) cans cream-style corn
4 cups milk
3 cups frozen diced hash brown potatoes
3 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:
1 – Combine first 5 ingredients in heavy medium saucepan.
2 – Simmer over medium heat until soup is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
3 – Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/easy-corn-chowder-recipe.html

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